It is my loving intention to offer you all good things. May your visit here uplift your heart.
I’m also into living green here in the ‘burbs ~ People Excited About Co~Existence.
It is my loving intention to offer you all good things. May your visit here uplift your heart.
Yesterday as I entered a grocery store I received a nice smile from a silver haired woman who was leaving the store. I broadened my smile in return and it was then that I realized I was already smiling. Just a small, closed mouth smile that softened my eyes and my whole demeanor, and she noticed. She offered a smile in return for my pleasant countenance.
As I walked into that grocery store, list in hand, my smile was blossoming from anticipating all the holiday baking, meals, and appetizers this store would help me make. I was imagining my loved ones’ smiles as they enjoyed the treats I’d be preparing.
I smile because I remember my blessings, such as how I enjoy easy mobility, I have a vehicle and can drive to a nearby grocery store, and I have enough money to purchase what I want. I have a cozy home with a good fridge and stove with pans and utensils to assist me in lovingly preparing foods for my family and friends. Thank You God for every detail of my life. I choose to remember how blessed I am and to show it through my smiling face.
My heart beams with gratitude in remembering how blessed I am. It’s not surprising that I decided to buy yet another Food Bank hamper for the donation box, because in acknowledging my own blessings I am reminded of those who are less fortunate.
Okay, I may not smile quite as broadly as Buddy the Elf here, but I encourage us all to smile out our inner joy! It not only makes you feel better, it brightens up the world around you.
[With gratitude for the makers of these randomly sourced images]
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~ Nelson Mandela
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
~ Written by Mary Elizabeth Frye
Born in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa’s Cape Province on July 18th, 1918, Nelson Rolihlahia Mandela died of a lung infection on December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family. He was 95 years of age.
His death was announced by the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. On December 6th President Zuma announced a national mourning period of ten days, with the main event being an official memorial service to be held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on the 10th of December 2013.
Within South Africa, Mandela was widely considered to be “the father of the nation”, and “the founding father of democracy”, being seen as “the national liberator, the saviour, its Washington and Lincoln rolled into one”. In 2004, Johannesburg granted Mandela the freedom of the city, and the Sandton Square shopping centre was renamed Nelson Mandela Square, after a Mandela statue was installed there. In 2008, another Mandela statue was unveiled at Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre, formerly Victor Verster Prison, near Cape Town, standing on the spot where Mandela was released from the prison.
He has also received international acclaim. In 1993, he received the joint Nobel Peace Prize with Frederik Willem de Klerk “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, July 18, as “Mandela Day”, marking his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.
Awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Order of Canada, he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen. The last recipient of the Soviet Union’s Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union, and first recipient of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights, in 1990 he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the government of India and in 1992 received Pakistan’s Nishan-e-Pakistan. In 1992 he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey. He refused the award, citing human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time but later accepted the award in 1999. Elizabeth II awarded him the Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John and the Order of Merit.
Across the world, Mandela came to be seen as “a moral authority” with a great “concern for truth”. Considered friendly and welcoming, Mandela exhibited a “relaxed charm” when talking to others, including his opponents. Although often befriending millionaires and dignitaries, he enjoyed talking with their staff when at official functions. In later life, he was known for looking for the best in everyone, even defending political opponents to his allies, though some thought him too trusting of others.
In late 1996 when Mandela was asked by friends if he was religious, Mandela explained he was a Methodist but he felt at ease in any house of prayer.
With love and respect, I dedicate today’s post to Mr. Mandela who has deeply inspired me throughout my life, as well as countless others around the world. He will always be remembered and will live on forever in our hearts. ~Gina
I know this video of an enthusiastic 4-year-old named Jessica doing her daily affirmations in the bathroom mirror has long since gone viral but I want to share it here because it makes me smile. AND I’ve discovered that if you try to emulate her amazing enthusiasm in front of your bathroom mirror (including swinging your arms, although maybe don’t climb up on the counter) it will make you laugh out loud and feel amazing! I encourage you to try it!
Jessica’s Daily Affirmation
Daily Affirmations of Success
In less than 2 minutes, this video combines soothing music and positive affirmations to inspire and uplift. May you enjoy!
Positive Affirmations for Well-Being
A 3-minute video with lovely music, images and inspiring affirmations to help jump-start your day in a wonderful way!
If we are a parent or have children in our lives as nieces, nephews, students or children of our friends, we have a great opportunity to role-model how doing affirmations helps us to feel better about ourselves. Self-love nurtures self worth, which is the essential building block for all healthy relationships with others.
I also fully believe that a wholesome sense of self worth not only improves people’s lives it helps save them. We all need to realize our own worth and to cherish our lives.
On this important topic of doing affirmations for and with children, I am delighted to share two amazing bloggers and the wonderful crafts they have made.
Jamie is a delightful blogger and I encourage you to visit her wonderfully inspiring craft blog.
She writes: “Every gift, every feature, every circumstance in our lives is hand picked especially for us by the Lord. We need to remind our children of this daily!
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
I am so often drawn to this verse; it helps me to understand that He made me and that I am His.”
Jamie’s helpful photos and text will walk you through how to make an inspiring poster like this for yourself. Or visit her etsy shop and she’ll make one for you! Also, her custom wedding song lyrics would look wonderful in any newlywed couple’s home, both on and long after their big day. Way to go Jamie!
I discovered Jamie and her Creative Imperative through the delightful blog at Feeding Sparrows, and specifically this post on making Affirmation Signs. This inspiring mother of three has a wise and generous spirit and writes often about the importance of doing affirmations. There is much to read and enjoy on her blog, even if she hasn’t added a new post in a while. I can certainly relate to how busy life gets, even if my children are no longer young like hers are!
I encourage you to visit her site, especially this post about Why Affirmations. It’s wonderfully well written about why teaching children about doing affirmations is essential to helping raise healthy, happy individuals. Her concluding statement here is amazing:
“I believe it is so important that we teach our children how to ‘choose’ the right thoughts from an early age. Just think of the love and peace we would have all over the world if every child was taught the importance of doing daily, positive, affirmations! They truly can create miracles!”
For every set she sells, one set is given to a non-profit children’s organization! The affirmation bracelets have these affirmations:
- I am loved. I am brave. I am creative. (red lettering)
- Every day I get better and better. (orange lettering)
- Today is the best day ever. (green lettering)
- Think. speak. be positive. (blue lettering)
- I am a good friend. (purple lettering)
While I do not know either of these bloggers except for frequent enjoyable visits to their blogs, I offer heartfelt gratitude to both Jamie and Allyson with an encouraging cheer to keep up the good work! All the work you do as you shower your own children with love, and then share about it on your blogs, helps make a huge difference in our world because we all need role models. Thanks for showing some of the ways of how you do it. God bless you.
We can train our brain. I know because I learned how to stop worrying. To worry is to use the creative force of our imagination destructively. This error can be corrected by recognizing that we’re thinking negatively, choosing to stop and replacing those thoughts with positive ones.
“An affirmation is everything you say and think. Every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. All our self-talk is a stream of affirmations. You are using affirmations every moment whether you know it or not. You are affirming and creating your life experiences, with every word and every thought.” ~ Louise L. Hay
It sounds simple, and actually it is. Yet this simple step has powerful effects. For myself, I discovered freedom from the fear that worry creates. Thinking positively instead of negatively reduces stress and has health benefits. It’s worth giving it a go and it’s easy with positive affirmation cards. They’re a great way to help train our brain to think consistently kind and positive thoughts.
“I AM: two of the most powerful words for what you put after them shapes your reality.”
Placing positive “I AM” statements around our world supports a healthy habit: the habit of thinking positively. Cards are something we can make ourselves, or we can purchase ones such as these examples by Louise Hay.
Tape them to the side of the computer monitor, on the bathroom mirror, on the fridge, on the kitchen window, set some on the bedside table and in a stack on the coffee table, set a few in the car, tape them up in the garage. Place them anywhere you’ll see them. Move them to new places. Get creative!
Seeing these uplifting sentences stating the positive in the present moment raises our spirits. I’ve been told that just visiting someone who has positive affirmations up around their home is uplifting. I’m not surprised. Thoughts are things so let’s choose wisely. I know this from experience for I’ve learned how to replace worry with positive expectancy and it’s so incredibly freeing that I highly recommend it!
“I vow to let go of all worries and anxieties in order to be light and free.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Louise Hay has different styles of affirmation cards to consider, such as the I CAN DO IT CARDS and the free-flowing, artistic POWER THOUGHT CARDS. And please remember that this new, healthy habit needn’t cost any money as we all have paper and pens. Use these examples to write your own affirmation cards.
“It is the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” ~ Claude M. Bristol
While it is genuinely affectionate to slip love-notes into the pockets or lunches of our nearest and dearest, it is truly inspired when we remember to do this for ourselves. ‘Love-notes’ as I like to call them, or Positive Post-it’s, Mirror Affirmations, whatever we name them, are a way to send a message to a deeper part of ourselves.
Just like when we happen across a hidden note sent from a loved one, so too are the notes we leave for ourselves delightful reminders of how truly loveable we really are.
Sure any old hand-written scrap of paper can suffice for a note, but it means so much more when we put some special effort into it, such as selecting a nice paper and carefully using our best handwriting (or a really nice font if we print the note). And this can be an instance when shorter is better. Short and sweet.
Way to GO!
You Light Up My Life.
I’m So Glad You Were Born!
You Make A Big Difference In MY World.
Thank you for all you do. Thank you for being you!
Positive and life-affirming statements help spread love and light. Certainly for others and definitely when we send these messages to ourselves! Here are some ideas for messages can we affirm and send to ourselves.
I am enough.
I speak and think positively.
I am thankful for my blessings.
I am calm, relaxed and peaceful.
I am willing to change and grow.
I am deserving of love and kindness.
I enjoy being, feeling and thinking positive.
Perhaps the most wonderful thing about thinking positive thoughts and feeling positive energy is that it’s essentially self-perpetuating. Just thinking about the ‘bright side’ of every situation (and there is ALWAYS a blessing hidden as a silver lining of that dark cloud) helps to illuminate our hearts so we can ever more easily SEE the positive. It’s like a mental ‘muscle’ that requires practice to build up strength and habit. It gets easier the more dedicatedly we practice.
So let’s practice thinking positive thoughts, about our life, our situations, the people in our lives, and most especially about how we feel about ourselves. Let’s practice and build that muscle of kindness as we think positive thoughts.
Remember this basic affirmation: “I Am Enough.”
And practice this most basic prayer: “Thank You.”
Meister Eckhart: “If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘Thank You’ it will be enough.”
Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives,
is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.
~ Corrie ten Boom
“Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever is the attitude of the body; the soul is on its knees.” ~ Victor Hugo
Thoughts are things that move. We must constantly water them with prayerful attention.
Let us affirm: Today I become more aware of my belief system by changing my thinking about any apparent negative occurrence in my life so that the healing can begin. I visualize every part of my body functioning in perfect health. Streams of positive thoughts replace confused thinking. I enjoy an inner awareness and confidence that there is a solution to any situation. Loving thoughts go out and loving people and experiences enter my life. I am truly blessed.
“I water my belief system with joyful and positive thoughts upon awakening and before going to sleep.”
1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
“God is love. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love.” ~ Henry Drummond
“God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love.” ~ Jerry Bridges